A fire that apparently started with a man who fell asleep while smoking, severely damaged five apartment units early Monday morning in Brooklyn Park.
Security camera video from across the street showed the fire shooting from the roof at the Windsor Gates apartments shortly after midnight. Buses were brought in for dozens of residents who were evacuated. Most were allowed to return to their units by 4 a.m.
The fire department says firefighters arrived within a couple minutes of getting the call, but Brooklyn Park Deputy Fire Chief Todd Seitz says the fire was burning for awhile before the call was made.
"The individual tried to put the fire out himself actually took the material that was on fire, put it in the dumpster, that's how we had a dumpster fire," said Seitz. "He then realized he still had a fire going inside the apartment so that was a delayed response calling 911 getting us to the scene."
Two people were injured including a resident who had minor burns and a firefighter who was treated and released for a knee injury. The Red Cross is helping five residents whose apartments were damaged.
Fire officials say as many as 100 firefighters from ten different departments worked to contain the fire.
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January 30, 2017